Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Oct 12, 2019

Stranger Things – Ears that See - Eyes that Hear #2

 

Scripture Reference: Genesis 15:5

Stranger Things - ‘Stranger Things’ is a series on Netflix. The setting is in 1980s Indiana, where a group of young friends witness supernatural forces. As they search for answers, the children unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries.

 

You’re not that weird, but you do have to realize there is a supernatural side to life that is more real than the natural, physical world you operate in.

 

The Question: What if hearing from God has to do more with seeing than the physical act of listening? I am going to prove in this message that with God you can have Ears that Hear and Eyes the See.

 

Mark 4:10-12

“And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables, 12 so that (quoting the prophet Isaiah) “‘they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven.’” (Also inLuke 8 & Matthew 13)

Jesus is saying “You can see it but not see it. You can hear it but you don’t get it.” People would hear Jesus teach and it would sound like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

 

Habakkuk 2:1 “I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me,…”

            He did not say “hear” what he will say, he said “see what he will say.”

Genesis 15:5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

 

Genesis 15:5 (Amplified) And the Lord brought Abram outside [his tent into the night] and said, “Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “So [numerous] shall your descendants be.”

 

Your greatest irritation is your greatest opportunity.

Abram had no heir to give all his possessions to, it was His greatest irritation.

 

Is the canopy of your comfort keeping you from conceiving that which you are to give birth to? God had to bring Abram out of his tent, his canopy of comfort, so he could see with his ears and hear with his eyes.

 

God has to confront his comfort by showing him the creation outside of him so that He could create something inside of him.

 

The greatest trap is to have just enough to keep you comfortable but not enough to accomplish Kingdom. It’s a trap.

It is like comfort food. You’ll eat just enough to get you through the irritation, not realizing, it is keeping you from the happiness of accomplishing your goals.

So, the thing you thought was comforting you keeps you trapped in the realm of complaining.

 

Create in me

Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

 

David was comfortable while the kingdom was at war. His comfort opened the door for confusion, and eventually a murder conspiracy.

What have we given permission to in our lives, that we have become so comfortable with that it actually resides in a place that belongs to God?

 

David didn’t pray for his comfort to change but for himself to change. He knew that if God changed his situation without changing his soul the success of getting out of the situation would fall short.

 

What or who have we run to for comfort, that is keeping us from our Creator?

 

David is known as a man after God’s own heart. A man after God’s own heart is more than someone who worships Him.

It is someone who has heard Him but is but is willing to wait on Him, especially in the absence of comfort, not the abundance of it.

            See, sometimes comfort is not safety, it is sabotage.

 

If Jesus would have sought safety, it would have sabotaged the cross. But because He was willing to get out of the canopy of comfort meaning the cross we can say “17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” John 3:17

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